The Vail Town Council will consider final approval of an ordinance that would add additional regulations to the town’s short-term rental requirements at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The public hearing item is listed as 7.1 on the evening meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers with opportunities for citizen comment.
As approved by the Town Council during first reading on Nov. 21, Ordinance No. 15 would establish a new short-term rental license application process with an annual renewal requirement. The regulations would replace the town’s current process which requires issuance of a business license for any owner renting a unit more than 14 days a year. The posting of a Vail sales tax account number on all advertisements and remittance of sales and lodging taxes would be retained under the new ordinance.
An effective date of March 1 has been suggested to allow for adequate notification and education of owners and property managers, implementation of a software solution and creation of a process to manage complaints and administrative hearings.
The ordinance also identifies criteria a homeowner would need to meet to obtain and renew a short-term rental license. This includes:
- An affidavit for each rented unit to be signed by the licensee to acknowledge trash, noise and parking regulations as well as verifying life-safety precautions are in place and compliance with HOA rules.
- Each owner would be required to appoint a person or a licensed property manager as a property contact who has access and authority to assume management of the unit and take remedial measures. Initial complaints would be directed to the property contact for an opportunity to respond. The contact person or property manager would need to be available 24 hours a day to respond to tenant and neighborhood questions or concerns.
- A requirement to conspicuously post the license number, street address and property contact information in the interior of the short-term rental unit.
- As part of the application process, applicants would be required to have written consent of a duplex neighbor where there are shared common areas accessible to both parties. If a duplex does not have shared common areas, the applicant must provide notice to a neighbor of their intent to short-term rent the adjoining unit. Should a rental’s license be later revoked, written consent from a duplex neighbor would need to be provided to re-instate the license after a two-year waiting period.
- Violations of the town’s current noise, trash/recycling, building code, fire code, parking and occupancy regulations would be documented and tracked by staff. If an initial complaint is not resolved by the property contact, a complaint may be filed with the town. Owners would then receive written notification from town staff.
- If there are three or more notices of violations issued for the same short-term rental property within a 12 month period, the town could revoke the license upon written notice to the owner. The owner could appeal and request an administrative hearing.
As proposed, the ordinance addresses a series of themes identified by the staff and Town Council following a series of community listening sessions.
To review the staff memo for Tuesday’s discussion, click here or to comment in advance of the meeting, contact the Vail Town Council at email@example.com.